For successfully using statistical data to measure the outcome of programs that assist young people with emotional and behavioural difficulties, Pine River Institute has been selected by the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs as a Research Designated Program (RDP). 

The new RDP designation is bestowed upon NATSAP-member programs that have demonstrated data-driven outcomes. Thirty-eight (38) NATSAP programs have achieved inaugural RDP status, and Pine River is proud to be among them as the only Canadian program to receive this honour.

"Programs that examine their work, and contribute to the scholarly, professional and practical understanding of the effects of our members' interventions, deserve the appropriate recognition," said Clifford Brownstein, Executive Director, NATSAP. "We strongly encourage all NATSAP-member programs to begin a systematic examination of their work, and join those programs who are engaged in these efforts currently."

"Providing data that examines the impact and effectiveness of NATSAP member schools and programs is the responsibility of every residential treatment center, wilderness treatment program, therapeutic schools and those committed to helping adolescents and young adults with behavior challenges," said Michael Gass, Ph.D., LMFT, College of Health and Human Services, University of New Hampshire, who has spearheaded NATSAP's Outcomes Research Project for the past decade.